• A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes in Big Sky Country, 2012

  • A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes, 2010

THE SISTERS HAYES, (Christina, Esther and Rebecca) are a trio of sibling artists living and working between Melbourne, Australia and Dallas TX, USA. With collective skills in painting, costume and set design, animation, film & photography, the familial group make diverse collaborative works.

Currently in development is  “A Tar Paper Shack”– a multifaceted project exploring their North American heritage.

The Sisters Hayes recent work includes: set and costume design for Going Down (STC / Malthouse 2018), Antigone (Malthouse, 2015) guest artists for ‘Portraits‘, a public program and group exhibition with Rawcus, art direction and production artwork for Malthouse Theatre’s 2015 Season, set and costume design for Walking into the Bigness (Malthouse, 2014), a new collaboration with Paul Hodges, a moving image commission for ACMI (Profile Me, 2013), curating The Great Un Reveal (a collaboration with Arts Project Australia, 2012), solo exhibition Big Sky Country (Rae & Bennett Gallery), set and costume design for Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre, 2012), production design for the Carnival of Mysteries (2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival), and ‘A Good Death’, a dark and decorative multi-faceted exhibition for the 2010 Next Wave Festival. Their work has been featured in Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century published by Routledge Press.

The Sisters Hayes strive to make work that is narrative driven, handcrafted, theatrical and materially beautiful. Working communally to conceive, research and present ideas, The Sisters craft and stitch together shared stories.

The Sisters


Christina Hayes, the eldest sister, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004 and completed a Master of Fine Arts at the VCA in 2015.  Christina has held four solo exhibitions has also exhibited in group, collaborative and two person shows nationally and internationally including; Future Now, The Substation 2014, The Sixth Sense, Westspace (2013), From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Same, Same, (2012) Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Individual theatre credits include set and costume design for Hello, Goodbye, Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades, which debuted at Malthouse Theatre/Melbourne Festival in 2014. Christina currently lives in Dallas, Texas and is Gallery Director at the University of Dallas (Beatrice M Haggerty Gallery).

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Esther Hayes, the middle sister, graduated from the VCA in 2006 with a BA of Dramatic Art and was awarded the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship that year. Esther has recently designed costumes for Hayfever (MTC), Macbeth (MTC), Kabner and Ebb’s Curtains (her debut with The Production Company), North by Northwest (MTC and Kay + McLean Productions), and Scare Campaign (2016), the Australian horror film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes. For MTC, Esther has previously designed the costumes for Double Indemnity, The Beast, Other Desert Cities, The Heretic, Hamlet, All About My Mother, Richard III, and Rockabye. Other costume credits include Mother & Son (for McLaren House), Nixon in China, Midnight Son, and The Baroque Triple Bill for the Victorian Opera and Delectable Shelter for the Hayloft Project, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award.


Rebecca Hayes is the youngest sister and holds a BA of Art (Animation and Interactive Media) from RMIT University. She is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist working across animation, illustration, graphic design, new media, theatre and the visual arts. Her award winning animated short film The Show (2010) has screened extensively across the festival circuit in Australia and overseas. Most recently, Rebecca has been a contributing artist to ‘Fly the Colour Fantastica’, an independently published comic anthology featuring 12 Australian artists, as well as commissioned animation for music videos, exhibitions, theatre and live performance including clients such as the Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Theatre Company. She also regularly lectures in animation and design within RMIT’s School of Design, as well as teaching exchanges at Yunnan Normal University, China. 

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Photo by Jon Butt, during the the Studio Apartment residency at c3 Gallery